Dr. Lazar is currently Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology and Clinical Assistant Dean in the College of Medicine. Dr. Lazar’s research interests include: brain-heart interactions, arterial stiffness, novel therapeutic approaches in congestive heart failure, the epidemiology of coronary heart disease in women and in high risk populations, and health disparities. He is a member of the editorial board of 8 journals and serves as a reviewer for many more peer-reviewed journals. He is widely published with more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and has embarked upon several international collaborations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has previously served as Chair of the Cardiovascular Network and New York State representative of the Governor’s Council of the American College of Chest Physicians, and on the American Society of Echocardiography Research Committee. He has received multiple accolades for academia including the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator of a multicenter R01 grant investigating mechanism of left ventricular dysfunction in HIV infection. Over the past decade, Dr. Lazar has been awarded four different Empire Clinical Research Investigator Training Grants.

Dr. Lazar received his medical degree from the SUNY at Syracuse and completed his postgraduate training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He received his MPH from Columbia University School of Public Health.